We write this note with a very heavy heart, we have lost another RCMP member, recently Retired Dog Handler Cpl. Ken Barker who took his life after losing his battle with PTSD, on Saturday July 11th, 2014. From what we have been told, Ken was suffering heavily with PTSD due to his experiences as an RCMP Dog Handler and never recovered from what he had witnessed during the Manitoba bus incident several years ago.
Our hearts go out to Ken who struggled for so long, his family who journeyed with him, and all those who knew, worked with and loved him, all of whom are struggling to deal with the aftermath of suicide. Please know that we at Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness are devastated and we are working tirelessly to do all that we can to stop these tragedies from occurring.
We send a plea to each and every one of you to reach out to those who are retired or those that you know are struggling with PTSD, to both the members and their families, and let them know that they are not alone, that you care, that we care and we are all are here for each other.
Please spread the simple but powerful message that there is HOPE.
To your post Cpl Ken Barker, dismissed